Hurricane Ida LIVE UPDATE – ‘1 dead’ as storm ravages Louisana and New Orleans leaving dozens trapped & 1m without power

HURRICANE Ida slammed into Louisiana on Sunday, killing at least one man and knocking power out in all of New Orleans.

A 60-year-old man was confirmed to be the first casualty of the devastating storm after deputies said he was killed by a downed tree on Sunday.

The massive storm plowed ashore as an extremely powerful Category 4 storm exactly 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.

On Sunday, Ida’s winds reached a strength of 150mph, ranking tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland United States.

Ida gradually downgraded in strength as it passed over New Orleans, becoming a Category 1 storm just after midnight.

The wild winds meant that more than one million were hit by power outages in Louisiana.

The Mississippi River rose by nearly seven feet due to the storm surge and the strong winds actually caused the water to flow in the opposite direction.

Dozens were reported to be trapped after rainfall and storm surge from Hurricane Ida caused several levees to overtop.

President Joe Biden warned those in the path of the storm to "please follow the instructions of local officials during this dangerous time".

“As soon as Hurricane Ida passes, we will put this country’s full might behind your rescue and recovery," he said.

Read our Tropical Storm Ida live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Chris Bradford

    IDA DOWNGRADED OVER MISSISSIPPI

    Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center have downgraded Hurricane Ida to a Tropical Storm over southwestern Mississippi.

  • Chris Bradford

    THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER IN MISSISSIPPI

  • Danielle Cinone

    MASSIVE ROOF HIT POWER POLE

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    FOOTAGE SHOWS STRONG WINDS IN KENNER, LOUISIANA

  • Chris Bradford

    NURSE CAPTURES MOMENT ROOF BLOWS OFF LOUISIANA HOSPITAL

  • Danielle Cinone

    'APPROXIMATELY 500 PEOPLE DID NOT EVACUATE'

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    ROOF IN GALLIANO, LOUISIANA BLEW OFF

  • Danielle Cinone

    IDA WEAKENS TO CATEGORY 3 STORM

    On Sunday, Ida’s winds reached a strength of 150mph, ranking tied for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland United States.

    The storm first made landfall as a Category 4 storm but dropped hours later to a Category 3 storm, with max wind strength of 125mph as it neared New Orleans.

    The storm blew off roofs and reversed the flow of the Mississippi River as it made its way toward New Orleans, AP News reported.

  • Chris Bradford

    ONE MILLION LEFT WITHOUT POWER IN LOUISIANA

    One million people were left without power as Hurricane Ida barreled into Louisiana.

    A blackout hit the entire city of New Orleans after a huge grid outage downed all electricity.

    The power outage in New Orleans heightened the city's vulnerability to flooding and left hundreds of thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration in the sweltering heat.

    A man in Baton Rouge was killed by a falling tree.

  • Danielle Cinone

    CREWS PREPARING FOR POST-HURRICANE IDA OPERATIONS

    USCG Heartland tweeted: "Crews at @USCG Aviation Training Center Mobile ensure that their assets are mission ready prior to post-Hurricane Ida operations.

    "As soon as it is safe to operate after a storm, the Coast Guard will provide the life-saving support needed in hurricane-stricken areas."

  • Danielle Cinone

    TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 6AM CDT

  • Danielle Cinone

    FIERCE WINDS WERE HEARD IN GRANDE ISLE, LOUISIANA

  • Danielle Cinone

    HIGHEST RECORDED WIND GUSTS FROM IDA

    As of 7pm Sunday, Bill Karins reported the strongest recorded wind gusts from Hurricane Ida to be 153mph in Port Fourchon and 146mph in Grande Isle.

  • Danielle Cinone

    BIDEN JOINED FEMA ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON

  • Danielle Cinone

    HURRICANE WIND SCALE

  • Danielle Cinone

    FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS IN PARTS OF LOUISIANA

  • Danielle Cinone

    BOATING CONDITIONS 'DANGEROUS THROUGH TOMORROW'

    NWS Tallahassee warned that beaches and boating conditions "will remain dangerous through tomorrow as wave heights decrease."

    Additionally, dangerous rip currents are expected through Tuesday.

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    HURRICANE IDA KNOCKS OUT POWER TO VENTILATORS

    A hospital in Louisiana experienced a partial generator outage on Sunday as Hurricane Ida slammed the region, knocking out power to ventilators.

    Staff at the Thibodaux Regional Hospital System in Lafourche Parish had to perform ventilation on patients by hand, manually pumping in the air, while they transferred them to floors with power.

    Fortunately, generators in other parts of the hospital were still working.

  • Danielle Cinone

    PRESIDENT BIDEN'S MESSAGE TO 'PEOPLE OF THE GULF COAST'

    Biden tweeted on Sunday afternoon: "To the people of the Gulf Coast:

    "Please follow the instructions of local officials during this dangerous time.

    "As soon as Hurricane Ida passes, we will put this country’s full might behind your rescue and recovery."

  • Laura Gesualdi-Gilmore

    FIRST DEATH REPORTED FROM HURRICANE IDA

    Deputies in Ascension Parish have confirmed the first death related to Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.

    The sheriff's office received reports of someone injured from a fallen tree around 8.30pm on Sunday.

    When they arrived on the scene, they confirmed that one person had died.

  • Danielle Cinone

    'HORRIBLE FLOODING' IN LAPLACE, LOUISIANA

  • Danielle Cinone

    PIERS MORGAN CALLS IDA 'ONE OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST EVER HURRICANES'

  • Danielle Cinone

    GOV REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION

    Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from President Joe Biden on Sunday "due to the severe impact of HurricaneIda."

  • Danielle Cinone

    'ALL OF NEW ORLEANS WITHOUT POWER'

  • Danielle Cinone

    'STILL A MAJOR HURRICANE'

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